Earlier this season the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch dedicated an article that championed Mike Fisher's candidacy for a Team Canada Olympic roster spot. At the time, even the most ardent of Senators supporters dismissed Garrioch's notion like it was one of his Sunday rumour suggestions. Although Fisher was producing at such a torrid pace, he was also a notoriously streaky offensive contributor who was coming off a disappointing 2008-09 campaign in which he only registered 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points. For Sens fans, there wasn't a question of if Fisher would stop producing, it was a question of when.
A funny thing has happened though, as the midway point of the season and as the Olympics draw near, Fisher's production hasn't waned. His torrid start has carried on and Fisher's still producing at close to a point-per-game clip. Through 31 games, he has 15 goals and 13 assists and is well on his to shattering his 2006-07 best 48 points. Even outsiders are noticing Fisher's production as TSN's resident number cruncher, Scott Cullen, has Fisher listed as the second most productive Canadian born center in the NHL behind Sidney Crosby this season. Cullen uses a complex formula to determine player rankings that are based on statistical production and are intended to value the impact a player has on the game.
While Fisher has always exhibited a physical dimension and some defensive prowess, his offensive numbers have allowed Fisher to surpass or at least be on par with other Team Canada bubble candidates. Have a look at the numbers...
- Mike Fisher -- 33 GP, 15 G, 13 A, 28 points, +9
- Brendan Morrow -- 34 GP, 13 G, 10 A, 23 points, +1
- Shane Doan -- 35 GP, 7 G, 12 A, 19 points, -6
- Brad Richards -- 32 GP, 10 G, 27 A, 37 points, -1
- Jeff Carter -- 31 GP, 11 G, 14 A, 25 points, -3
- Mike Richards -- 33 GP, 13 G, 14 A, 27 points, +4
- Martin St. Louis -- 34 GP, 6 G, 29 A, 35 points, -7
- Patrick Sharp -- 31 GP, 9 G, 15 A, 24 points, +10
- Jonathan Toews -- 26 GP, 9 G, 12 A, 21 points, +15
- Jordan Staal -- 35 GP, 10 G, 11 A, 21 points, +6
To help petition and raise public support for Mike Fisher's candidacy, a website called Mike Fisher for Team Canada 2010 was created. Here is the website's mission statement,
Hey, Steve Yzerman, GM of Team Canada, I believe Mike Fisher deserves serious consideration for Team Canada in Vancouver. He skates fast, hits hard, has a nice scoring touch and is having a career year with the Ottawa Senators. He's a team player through and through and his heart for hockey is as big as our country. Go for the Gold, GO CANADA GO!
Fisher 2010. Lend your support!